POOLE Town secured their place in the Dorset Senior Cup final with a 3-0 victory over Wessex Premier Portland United, but Tom Killick revealed he wasn’t best pleased by his side’s performance.

With their weekend game away at Tiverton postponed, Killick opted to go for a relatively strong Dolphins line-up.

Despite the experience and quality in the line-up, Poole had teenager Will Butler in goal to thank for keeping Portland at bay with some smart saves.

Two deflected Corby Moore strikes gave Poole a rather fortunate 2-0 lead right before half-time, effectively killing the game off.

Sean Wright added another in an improved second half performance, but Killick admitted that his side hadn’t impressed.

Speaking to the Daily Echo after the game, Killick said: “I didn't enjoy the game, particularly.

“I don’t think many of the players would have enjoyed it because we were poor, but I think you have to give some credit to Portland.

“I felt they came in well organized and made it difficult for us.

“And not only did they defend well, in the first half, particularly, they caused a few problems in terms of their attacking play.

“So, they had a very good mix to them - I felt like they came here in quite an intelligent way. So, - as I say that, that was part of the difficulty.

“The other part was ourselves, in terms of lacking quality, giving the ball away just repeatedly in unforced situations.

“It was just dreadful from that point of view, but got minutes into people when we needed it, the timing of the game was good.”


There was a slight rotation to the side as Killick rested captain Jamie Whisken and stand-in striker Will Spetch, with Cherries youngster Jack Seddon making his first senior start.

“So from that point of view, it worked out quite well,” continued Killick.

“I think we came through unscathed, in terms of injury.

“So, I've got some minutes into Jack Seddon and others that needed to have minutes.

“But overall, from that point of view good, but from a performance point of view, not very good at all.

“And as I say credit to Portland for their part they played in it.”

Dolphins will now play either Hamworthy United or Wimborne Town in the final. The venue of the final is yet to be decided, and no date has currently been set.